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Girl, Interrupted

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In 1967, after a session with a psychiatrist she'd never seen before, eighteen-year-old Susanna Kaysen was put in a taxi and sent to McLean Hospital. She spent most of the next two years in the ward for teenage girls in a psychiatric hospital as renowned for its famous clientele--Sylvia Plath, Robert Lowell, James Taylor, and Ray Charles--as for its progressive methods of treating those who could afford its sanctuary.

Kaysen's memoir encompasses horror and razor-edged perception while providing vivid portraits of her fellow patients and their keepers. It is a brilliant evocation of a parallel universe set within the kaleidoscopically shifting landscape of the late sixties. Girl, Interrupted is a clear-sighted, unflinching document that gives lasting and specific dimension to our definitions of sane and insane, mental illness and recovery.

Author: Susanna Kaysen
Publisher: Vintage
Published: 04/19/1994
Pages: 192
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.40lbs
Size: 8.00h x 5.10w x 0.60d
ISBN: 9780679746041

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 5.4
Point Value: 5
Interest Level: Upper Grade
Quiz #/Name: 36631 / Girl, Interrupted

About the Author

Susanna Kaysen has written the novels Asa, As I Knew Him and Far Afield and the memoirs Girl, Interrupted and The Camera My Mother Gave Me. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.